Ideas Have Consequences, citation #1

We must consider that we are in effect asking for a confession of guilt and an acceptance of sterner obligation; we are making demands in the name of the ideal or suprapersonal, and we cannot expect a more cordial welcome than disturbers of complacency have received in any other age. On the contrary, our welcome will rather be less today, for a century and a half of bourgeois ascendancy has produced a type of mind highly unreceptive to unsettling thoughts. Added to this is the egotism of modern man, fed by many springs, which will scarcely permit the humility needed for self-criticism.

From Ideas Have Consequences, Richard Weaver

Its becoming more clear to me why Weaver’s philosophy tends to polarize people. Although, it seems to me that some readers of Weaver have conflated the ideas of “transcendental principles” and “the one who transcends” into one concept so that they begin to assume that transcendental principles (interpreted by Weaver of course) ought to be the object of worship.

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